Burma Photo Tours
w/ Kyaw Kyaw Winn
Photographers Gone Wild
Iconic Myanmar + Chin State Expedition
Designed & Led by 3-Time Myanmar Photographer of the Year,
Kyaw Kyaw Winn
December 29, 2017 – January 11, 2018
Price: $6795 Now $6295! (Less than $450 per day)
Mrauk U “Lost City” 5-Day Extension Option – $2295
Hotels: 4 & 5 Star (best available in Chin State)
Highlights: The Ananda Pagoda Festival – Magical Inle Lake – The “Tattoo Tribes” of Chin State
Mandalay Array – Irrawaddy River Cruise to Mingun – The U Bein Bridge – Bagan Hot Air Balloon
Yangon & Shwedagon Pagoda – The Wonderful People of Myanmar!
Photographers Gone Wild w/ Kyaw Kyaw Winn has always been our most popular Myanmar photo tour, for obvious reasons. Not only do participants get insider access and creative angles on Myanmar’s Big 4 iconic locations, but rare access to various tribal groups in the mountains of storied Chin State as well.
The Big 4 features Yangon’s 2,500 year old Shwedagon Pagoda and amazing street life, the floating world of magical Inle Lake and it’s uniquely photogenic Intha fishermen, the surreal 2,220 strong temple-scape of the ancient Bagan dynasty, and many of the myriad marvels of The Mandalay Array.
The “wild” aspect takes you well off the beaten path, where you will get the exciting opportunity to photograph the last of the Chin “tattoo tribes” in the tiny mountain villages where they live. Centuries ago these tribes practiced ritual cannibalism after defeating their enemies in battle, as well has taking possession of enemy women. Kidnappings were also commonplace. To combat the thievery, tribes began branding their women – on the face! Over time these tattoos became a source of beauty and pride. Outlawed in 1960’s, the practice, as far as we know, has finally come to a halt. The youngest are now in their mid-30’s & 40’s, with the majority in their 70’s and 80’s.
This photo tour workshop is open to photo enthusiasts of all skill levels interested in broadening their photographic horizons and learning how to make pro quality images. You will be taken to numerous insider locations that would be impossible to find on your own, and also have the chance to work in a number of arranged shoot situations w/ monks and others, including low and chiaroscuro light temple and village interiors.
“K.K” is a patient and enthusiastic teacher who has been guiding international photographers on photo tour workshops for years, and he knows Myanmar and her often ethereal light like no one else on the planet. He’s technically brilliant as well, and regularly teaches workshops for Nikon, Fujifilm, and the Myanmar Photographic Society. He is also executive editor of the U.K’s Digital Photography magazine, Burma edition. K.K. will be joined on tour (6 guests or more) by award winning photojournalist Boothee Thaik Htun. For more about your leaders, please refer to our Photographer Bios page. For an inspirational story about K.K. and how he became a pro photographer, visit the very popular photo magazine, Photography Life.
Check the Game Plan tab above for basic itinerary and more to read.. Check Pricing & Details tab for inclusions/ exclusions. You may also learn more about how we work with you on photo tour, by going to How We Work With You! Please see testimonials below. Yes, they are real!
Dec 29: Yangon – Orientation – Shwedagon – Welcome Dinner
Dec 30: Yangon – Circle Train – Bagan – Ananda Pagoda Festival
Dec 31: Bagan – Sunrise Templescape / Hot Air Balloon – Ananda Pagoda Festival – Sunset Templescape
Jan 1: Bagan – Dawn of 1000 Monks – Ananda Pagoda Festival – Pilgrim Exodus – Sunset Temples
Jan 2: Bagan Sunrise Temples – Drive to Chin State – Mindat Sunset
Jan 3: Chin State Villages – People and Landscapes
Jan 4: Chin State – Trek to Tattoo Tribe Villages (moderate trekking)
Jan 5: Chin State – Special Chin Lady Portrait Sessions – Drive/Fly Mandalay
Jan 6: Mandalay – Mingun Temple Complex & Local Model Shoot – U Bein Bridge
Jan 7: Mandalay Hill Sunrise – Inle Lake – Novice Monastery – Intha Fishermen @ Sunset
Jan 8: Inle Lake – Indein – Nyaung Oak Ruins – Padaung “Long Neck” Portraits
Jan 9: Inle Lake – Dawn of the Fishermen! – Floating Villages – Culture in Action
Jan 10: Inle Lake – Yangon – Free Time – Farewell Dinner
Jan 11: Departure Day – You’ll Miss this place!
Rose Garden, Golden Island, Amazing Bagan or Amata, Mindat Hotel, Eastern Palace, Sule Shangri La
Mrauk U “Lost City” Extension
Jan 11: Yangon – Sittwe – Afternoon Street Shoot
Jan 12: Sittwe – Morning Fish Market / Street Shoot – Mrauk U by Private Riverboat
Jan 13: Mrauk U – Sunrise Pagoda Landscape – Fortress Pagodas & Portraits – Sunset Monks
Jan 14: Mrauk U – Remote Chin “Tattoo Tribe” Villages
Jan 15: Mrauk U Sunrise Shoot – Sittwe – Yangon by 4:30 pm – Departure
Note: All photo tour participants will receive a detailed 40+ page Photo Travel Kit with full itinerary approximately 3 – 4 months prior to departure, or upon registration if inside 90 days. Please be advised the above itinerary is not written in stone, and is subject to adjustment if/when necessary. Arrival and departure days will not change, though you may choose to arrive before the photo tour start date and/or extend your journey afterwards.”Free Time” is essentially any time you want it, just don’t miss the next flight!
Extension:The Lost City of Mrauk U is the stuff of legend. It was virtually unknown outside Asia in its prime; and remains so even now. It was as wealthy as Amsterdam or London by 1635, with a population of 160,000 including thousands of foreign traders, merchants & mercenaries. The Arakan Kings even employed Japanese Samurai as trusted bodyguards!
Brief History: The kingdom controlled vast coastal regions from western Myanmar well into eastern India, its reign lasting 354 years. When the city finally fell to the Bamar in 1784, it was abandoned and largely forgotten. Grand palaces, 19-miles of fortifications, and some 700 uniquely designed Buddhist temples were slowly swallowed by the jungle.Today the jungle is thick only with irony; these grand symbols of a once bustling Dynastic Capital serving as little more than an exotic backdrop for what is now a sleepy rural village. The world still doesn’t know it’s here. You do, and you’ll have the rare opportunity to photograph it with two Mrauk U veterans, who will also take you to visit a “vanishing tribe” of Chin people, whose women have adorned their faces with intricate tattoos for centuries. The practice is dying out. To find another photo tour that journeys to Mrauk U, please check our list of Myanmar photo tours.
For general Myanmar travel information please see Travel Essentials or send us an inquiry. We love hearing from you!
Photographers Gone Wild, Encore!
Designed & Led by
Kyaw Kyaw Winn
Dec 29, 2017 – Jan 11, 2018
$6295 (10 persons max*)
Balloons over Bagan option – $325
Single Supplement – $1100
Minimum Deposit – $1500
Support Photographer – Boothee!
Bookings – Team Luminous
Photo Tour Director – Bennett Stevens
Program Design – Kyaw Kyaw Winn
*Note – In the unlikely event of 9 sign ups, if a couple sharing a room then signs up, an 11th person will be allowed. If the 10th person is a solo, the tour will then be closed at 10. Don’t worry, 11 works fine, (Nat Geo allows 16!), and everyone will have plenty of access & opportunity.
Top Rated English speaking station guides
All Accommodation, 4 & 5-star with best available in Mrauk U
All Meals, except arrival/departure days
All in-country airfare, airport taxes, air porter fees
All transport, including airport welcome and send-off
All entrance, zone and camera fees
Model fees & “Set Donations” to Monasteries
Ample bottled water & refresh towels throughout
Donations to Luminous Journeys Charities
– international airfare
– Balloons over Bagan
– any private transportation
– trip/medical insurance
– medical expenses
– extra drinks or food(tea is included with all meals)
– personal purchases and services
– hotel porter tips
– local driver/station guide gratuities
– Myanmar visa fee
– end-of-trip gratuities for photography tour leaders
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Testimonials - K.K. Winn & Luminous Journeys Photo Tours
“I’ve been on quite a number of photo tours all over the world, and Luminous Journeys has been the best –BY FAR. Kyaw Kyaw Winn and the people of Myanmar will always be in my heart.” — Benny Hanigal, Israel
“I’m sitting in the airport lounge in Yangon waiting for departure to Bangkok. I just wanted to tell you that our tour was fabulous and the organization perfect and far beyond expectations. On top of all, we had the pleasure to meet KK, who is not only an exceptionally talented photographer but also a very empathetic and friendly person. To sum up: we are more than happy with your services and wanted to thank you personally and the Luminous team for all your efforts. We will certainly come back!” – Heini Rüdisühli, Switzerland
“I cannot think of a word in my own language that captures how great my photo tour workshop with KK (Kyaw Kyaw Winn) was. More than great, it was an honor and a privilege to work with such an outstanding photographer and wonderful teacher. He is always thinking ahead and working hard to make sure his clients get every opportunity to capture extraordinary photos of Myanmar, including going well beyond the postcard shots.
One surprising highlight for me how really funny some of our photo sessions turned out to be. KK has such a friendly and fun personality that sometimes he would make the people we were photographing laugh and laugh until tears came down everyone’s faces! I got caught in the laughter as well, even though I didn’t understand a word of Burmese!
I just love KK and it was an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience. Millions of thanks, and I can only repeat, I loved it soooooooooooo much!!!” – Kerstin Glassner, Germany
“There is simply nobody like K.K. Winn. His smile and laughter are infectious. We laughed so hard that our bellies hurt! We also captured phenomenal images in between! When KK smiles his eyes crinkle up and he his knees compress. I guess you could call this a whole body experience! KK you were the best possible guide we could ever of hoped for, but most of all I loved your joyous energy!” — Carolyn Angus, Judge Member – Canadian Association for Photographic Art
“We traveled with K.K. Winn on a two weeks photo tour last January. Great tour with a great photographer! We got the advantage of his vast experience from all over Myanmar, and he went the extra mile for us to succeed… And K.K. is blessed with good humor. Laughter was never far away. He gave inspiration to numerous exciting shooting possibilities, as well as ideas on useful camera settings in the various situations. We got a lot of interesting images from this trip, most of which would not have been possible from an ordinary photo tour. We will go with Kyaw Kyaw Winn again, no doubt about it! — Asbjorn Olsen, Norway
“Kyaw Kyaw Winn is the perfect manifestation of the Burmese ethos. He is a great photographer, yet humble, accommodating, adaptive, and a great human being to be around. During our trip I was amazed at how coolly and successfully he handled different personalities from around the world. K.K. Winn and Luminous Journeys gave us a fantastic opportunity to make great photographs day in and day out. This experience has definitely raised the bar for me.” — Sesh Sareday, USA, from his “Luminous Diary”
“I am always impressed when a company actively seeks feedback. The organisation during the photo tour was seamless & very impressive… KK & AP Soe are tremendous photographers and the standard of their work was amazing. There is no doubt this was the real deal. Care also was obviously taken over restaurant choice as none of our group was ill at all… Overall, this was a fantastic & memorable holiday – it is going to take me ages to sort out all the photographs!” – Steve S., United Kingdom
“It was a great photo tour. K.K. was really always there to show us how he sees things and his tips in taking a fantastic image. He would show us how he would approach a scene and was always willing to show us his compositions. He is truly one of the most genuine persons we have ever met. He really cared about how we were doing and made sure we learnt as much as possible. Please pass on our thanks and appreciation to your staff, especially K.K. They are truly professional and extremely helpful.” – Yvonne Ho and Andrew Chow, Canada
“Boothee [K.K. Winn’s assistant] is a warm, personable type who one quickly considers a friend. He was quick to attend to our every need and ensured a comfortable, pleasurable trip. His photographic skills are superb. His has excellent technical skills in all types/makes of camera and proved a valuable asset to our team.” – David Fleeger, USA
“I had the pleasure of travelling with Kyaw Kyaw Winn as part of a Luminous Journeys photo tour (Photographers Gone Wild, 2014, and again a year later on an LJ custom photo tour to more remote regions.) A humble, friendly and unassuming man, his enthusiasm always shone through with the joy and excitement of finding those conditions that could produce the perfect photograph. It was soon clear to all of us why he had won so many photographic awards. His local knowledge and contacts around the country proved invaluable throughout.” — K.S. Matharu, United Kingdom
“The photo trip was fantastic!! We had a great time! K.K. Winn and Boothie were extremely helpful and able to assist everyone with any issues that came up. They were genuinely interested in every one’s shooting experience, and did thier best to accommodate. Logistically, you guys were spot on….from the airport p/u to the transport and hotels, everything went very smoothly. The hotels were also very nice. We went with Luminous Journeys thinking of your local knowledge in Myanmar and we were right to have done so!” – Ralph Quinonez, USA
“A recent photo tour to Myanmar with Luminous Journeys constituted what one dreams about – the trip of a life time. Photo opportunities were spectacular! Our two Burmese photography guides – Kyaw Kyaw Winn and Boothie – were invaluable with their use of the native language combined with their photo skills. Hotels and meals were fully satisfying. I would recommend this adventure to anyone with an interest in Myanmar and photography!” – Wilfred Geshke, USA